Pregnant woman killed by dogs during hunt in forest

A pregnant woman was killed by several dogs in a forest in northern France, investigators say.

Elisa Pilarski, 29, was walking one of her own dogs when she was bitten to death in the Forest of Retz, south of the Aisne, on Saturday.

Dozens of dogs were taking part in a hunt near to where she died at the time, French daily newspaper Le Parisien reports.

Ms Pilarski phoned her husband when she felt threatened by a pack of dogs she had encountered in the forest, and reportedly said: “I’m scared, come quickly. There are plenty of dogs barking around.”

Her husband Christophe reportedly left work and arrived at the scene an hour later.

He found Ms Pilarski in the forest after hearing the screams of their own dog who was curled up against her body, French news site L’Union reports.

She was said to have been found on the edge of the woods not far from where she lives.

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Her unborn baby, who the couple are said to have named Enzo, was also killed in the attack, L’Union added.

A woman who lived nearby told the news site that the husband came to her house and said: “My wife has been killed by dogs.”

Image: Ms Pilarski, 29, was said to be walking one of her own dogs when she was bitten to death

French prosecutor Frederic Trinh, quoted in L’Union, said: “The autopsy determined that the death occurred between 1pm and 1:30pm and was due to haemorrhage following several dog bites in the upper and lower limbs and in the head, some bites being before death and others after death.”

He added: “The lifeless body of a 29-year-old woman was discovered by her partner in the vicinity of a forest trail in Retz, located in the commune of Saint- Pierre-Aigle.

“According to the declarations of the deceased’s companion, the latter had gone to walk her dog and called him to report the presence of threatening dogs. “

French police have opened a manslaughter investigation and are investigating who the dogs that killed Ms Pilarski belong to, Le Courrier Picard reports.

Angela Van Den Berghe, a person associated with the hunt, is quoting in L’Union as saying: “To our knowledge, the tragic accident that occurred has no relation neither with our dogs, nor with the hunt with hounds. A very thorough investigation is underway.”

Police have reportedly taken samples from 93 dogs, as well as five others that belonged to the couple.

Ms Pilarski and her husband were dog lovers who met at a dog show, L’Union reports.

Friends have been paying tribute on Ms Pilarski’s Facebook page since her death.

Arocas Axel wrote: “Rest in peace this is so sad and unfair.

“Courage to the loved ones.”

Peter Tpq wrote: “So shocked. I so loved seeing your posts every day with your amazing dogs.”

Meet Bear, the OCD dog saving koalas trapped by bushfires

Koalas struggling to survive the deadly bushfires in Australia have found an unlikely saviour.

Bear, a dog with obsessive compulsive disorder, has been helping animal rescuers by sniffing out the marsupials in burnt out forests.

The mutt, a cattle dog cross-breed, is ideally suited to the task, as he is trained to find both koalas and quolls – another small Australian marsupial – in the wild.

A woman has been filmed rescuing a badly burned koala

Dogs should normally be kept apart from the Australian native species as koalas are very easily stressed by man’s best friend.

Dog owners are advised not to let their pets to “play” with them and to always use a leash when in the bush.

Around 350 koalas are feared killed in the bushfires ravaging Australia. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

Image: Around 350 koalas are feared killed in the bushfires ravaging Australia. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

Romane Cristescu, Bear’s minder and ecologist at The University of the Sunshine Coast, said: “This is the first year that we have been involved in the fires. It is a bit more dangerous than what we usually do.”

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Chris and Jenny Sudell survey the remnants of their home

Bear, who is sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), usually looks for sick or injured wildlife for conservation and research purposes.

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One of the rescued koalas. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

Image: Bear has found dozens of koalas this year, but none since being used in fire-affected areas. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

The brave pooch has been wearing protective socks on his paws to search through areas scorched by fire.

Fierce bushfires left Sydney shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, raising health fears as the air quality was pushed beyond "hazardous".

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So far, he has not found any koalas in fire-damaged areas, but the IFAW posted on Facebook that Bear indicated there are definitely live koalas in the Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) on the northern coast of New South Wales.

Bear usually searches for sick or injured wildlife. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

Image: Bear uses protective socks on his paws to search areas scorched by fire. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

He has found dozens of koalas in need and for research purposes so far this year.

Bushfires have destroyed around 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush across Australia’s east coast in recent weeks,

Bear out on poatrol with one of the IFAW team. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

Image: Bear out on patrol with one of the IFAW team. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

Four people have died in the fires, which have destroyed hundreds of homes.

Mr Cristescu said: “With climate change, habitat loss and diseases, koalas are just facing too many threats. Those fires are just one of the many things threatening them so we really need to be better at protecting them.”

Kidnapped girl, 8, rescued by police in dramatic footage

The dramatic police rescue of a kidnapped eight-year-old girl has been captured in bodycam footage.

Salem Sabatka was snatched in broad daylight by 51-year-old Michael Webb as she walked with her mother in Fort Worth, Texas, on 18 May.

The next day, officers burst into a Texas hotel room and arrested her abductor at the scene.

The girl emerged from a laundry basket a few moments later and an officer, in full protective gear, carried her out of the building.

Image: Officers tracked down the girl and her abductor in a Texas hotel

“Here she is,” an officer can be heard saying in the footage. “Got her, we got her, we got her.”

Salem Sabatka’s mother was unable to fight Webb off as he bundled the child into his vehicle and drove off.

She called the emergency services and police immediately went searching for Salem.

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A tip-off led police to a hotel in the nearby Forest Hills area, but officers could not find the child on the first visit and left.

Officers from the Fort Worth police department went to the same hotel following another tip-off, and eventually arrested Webb.

The child had been hiding underneath a pile of clothes and was afraid to make any noise because the suspect had threatened to hurt her and her family.

The bodycam footage shows officers taking down Webb in the hallway of the hotel, as another carries the child out of the room.

Michael Webb, 51, is the suspected abductor. Pic: Fort Worth Police Department

Image: Michael Webb, 51, has been sentenced to life in prison. Pic: Fort Worth Police Department

Webb was charged with kidnapping and sexual assault. A jury took less than 10 minutes to convict him during the trial in September.

Last week, he was sentenced to life in prison.

Following the sentencing, Erin Nealy Cox, the US attorney for the Northern District of Texas, told reporters: “We believe that justice has been served in this case”.

“My hope is that this family and this community will find solace in knowing that he will never be able to harm another little child again.”

Son of ex-German president stabbed to death while giving lecture

The son of a former German president has been stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture in Berlin.

A man, 57, has been arrested by police in connection with the death of Fritz von Weizsaecker, who had been giving a lecture about fatty liver disease at a hospital where he worked as a head physician.

A member of the audience got up and attacked him with a knife as he spoke at the Schlosspark-Klinik on Tuesday night.

Mr von Weizsaecker, 59, died at the scene.

Police said: “We cannot yet say anything about the attacker’s motive.”

An off-duty police officer in the audience who tried to intervene to save Mr von Weizsaecker was left seriously wounded and underwent surgery.

Christian Lindner, the head of the Free Democrats party, of which Mr von Weizsaecker was a member, expressed his shock at the physician’s death.

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“I’m stunned and have to share my sadness,” he tweeted. “Once more one wonders what kind of world we live in.”

Board members of Berlin’s Charite hospital said they were “deeply shocked by the violent death” of “a highly regarded friend and colleague”. “Our thoughts are with his family and the colleagues at Schlosspark-Klinik.”

Image: Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker died in 2015

The 59-year-old was the son of Richard von Weizsaecker, who served as president of West Germany from 1984 to 1994, and died in 2015.

He made a speech about the Nazi defeat which is still repeated by German politicians and is taught in schools.

In the 1985 speech which marked the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, he called the Nazi defeat Germany’s “day of liberation”.

His son, one of four children, studied and worked at several hospitals in Germany and abroad including Harvard Medical School in Boston and a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland.

Hitler's house to be turned into a police station

The house in which Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station to prevent it becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.

Austria’s interior minister said the move comes after years of debate on what to do with the property.

The Austrian government carried out a compulsory purchase of the house in Braunau am Inn – a town near to the border with Germany – for 810,000 euros (£694,000).

The Nazi leader spent the first few weeks of his life in a flat in the 17th Century building.

Architects from across the European Union will be invited to submit plans for a redesign of the building and it will house the local police force’s offices, Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn said in a statement.

“The house’s future use by the police should send an unmistakable signal that this building will never again evoke the memory of National Socialism,” he added.

A jury of experts and public officials will pick the winning architect’s design early next year.

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Image: A stone outside the house with the inscription ‘for peace, freedom and democracy, never again fascism, millions of dead are a warning’

Hitler was born in Braunau in 1889 and Austria argued for decades that it was the first victim of National Socialism, having been annexed by Hitler’s Germany in 1938.

Recent governments have recognised that Austrians were also perpetrators of Nazi crimes and that there was little resistance to Hitler’s rule.

When he was three-years-old, Hitler’s family decided to leave Braunau and Hitler grew up in the Austrian city of Linz.

He moved to Germany in 1913 and served in the German army in World War One.

Hitler’s personal secretary Martin Bormann later purchased the house where Hitler was born for the Nazi Party, and it became a cult centre containing an art gallery and a public library.

At the end of World War Two it was occupied by US troops and the building temporarily housed a documentary exhibition on Nazi concentration camps.

It was restored to its original owners in 1952 before the Austrian Ministry decided to open a “House of Responsibility” within the house – a museum dedicated to Hitler’s crimes.

Prominent Malta businessman arrested on his yacht

Maltese police have arrested a prominent businessman on his yacht as he tried to leave the country’s waters.

Maltese military intercepted Yorgen Fenech’s luxury vessel Gio while he was on course for Sicily in Italy.

The yacht, which left the Portomaso marine shortly before dawn on Wednesday, was forced back to port and Fenech was arrested.

The businessman is a very prominent hotelier and director of the Maltese power grid.

His name was on leaked documents as a source of income for companies named in the Panama Papers.

Officials said on Tuesday they had arrested the suspected middleman in the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017, and that he was offering to identify the mastermind.

Malta’s government said it would offer a pardon to the suspect.

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It was not immediately clear whether there was a connection with Fenech’s arrest.

Image: Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a bomb attack in 2017

No details of any charges against the businessman have been revealed but authorities would have 48 hours to decide on them.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has not directly tied the arrest to the murder of Ms Caruana Galizia, but he did say that it appeared to result from comments he made on Tuesday regarding the suspected middleman’s possible pardon.

Mr Muscat said he instructed police to be on the lookout for unusual actions by “people of interest” in the long-unsolved murder.

He told reporters: “If I had not given these instructions, maybe today we might be speaking of persons of interest who might have escaped.”

Yorgen Fenech of the Tumas Group talks with VIP guests during the opening of the Oracle Casino in St Paul's Bay, Malta, June 4, 2014

Image: Yorgen Fenech is seen at the Oracle Casino in St Paul’s Bay, Malta, in 2014

Mr Muscat declined to comment further out of concern that any comments might prejudice a case.

Ms Caruana Galizia wrote in her blog about a mystery company in Dubai called 17 Black Limited, alleging it was connected to Maltese politicians, eight months before she died in a car bombing in February 2017.

Her claims were published without any evidence and she was unable to discover who owned the company.

Secret Panama companies owned by then Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri, the government chief of staff, stood to receive payments from 17 Black for unspecified services, according to a December 2015 email which was uncovered by Maltese financial regulators.

The email said the Panama companies expected payments of up to $2m (£1.5m) within a year from 17 Black.

Hong Kong's university blockaders fall but the movement lives on

Disheveled, sometimes defiant, but always in handcuffs, the protesters from inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University siege were taken away in police trucks after giving themselves up.

They shouted their names to human rights groups gathered to record their arrests. Lawyers and family members, anxious for news, would be messaged straight away.

I had just arrived from the UK and had to wait hours on the outside of the vast police cordon surrounding the university campus to get inside.

Image: Protesters barricaded themselves inside the university campus. Pic: Dan Morgan

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As night fell we were taken through the streets to the university campus. As I left the last barricade I asked the police who would show me around.

“You are on your own, good luck,” one officer said.

“Nothing is going to end well for those inside.”

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He waved me goodbye.

The roads outside were a debris field of burnt out cars and barriers, smashed bricks and broken glass.

Hong Kong - Polytechnic University. Pic: Dan Morgan

Image: The roads outside the university are a debris field. Pic: Dan Morgan

I climbed the steep steps to the main entrance atrium of the university surrounded by smouldering debris.

The students and pro-democracy demonstrators had barricaded themselves in for a long hold-out. In truth it was short-lived.

After days of pandemonium and noise it was now eerily quiet. There were no police inside, everything seemed to be destroyed.

I was greeted by tables of Molotov cocktails that hadn’t been thrown.

The rest of the atrium was a mess of broken windows, discarded clothes, graffiti and rubbish.

Inside, small groups of protesters wandered around. They didn’t want to be filmed and lifted their sweaters, bandanas and face masks as they passed us.

Only the hardiest and those too scared to leave had stayed behind.

They seemed to be looking for a way out but slowly they were realising it was pointless.

Hong Kong - Polytechnic University. Pic: Dan Morgan

Image: The college campus itself became a target of the protest. Pic: Dan Morgan

I spoke to one youngster who called himself Tom.

He was waiting for his lawyer to come and take him out.

He accepts that he faces 10 years in prison for rioting.

“The protest goes on,” he told me.

“It was worth it. But what happened was worse than I expected.”

In truth this hasn’t ended that badly. The university is trashed, but many of my colleagues who covered the days before I arrived say that at one stage it seemed likely that the siege was not just going to end badly, but with multiple deaths.

There has been a huge amount of damage.

As the police neared, as the protesters set the barricades on fire, the college campus itself became a target of the protest.

Rooms, plate glass windows and shops have been destroyed.

Incredibly, despite everything being lost, there is still a hardcore group who believe they can evade capture and live to fight another day.

Anti-government protesters are silhouetted at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) during a fire in Hong Kong, China, November 18, 2019

Image: Some protesters remain at the university but they have little food or water

Between 50 and 100 have hidden themselves. With little food and water I give them 24 hours.

On the outer edges of the campus the police cordon is tightening. In the dark any movement is quickly tracked by officers with powerful torches.

Inside specialist fire and rescue officers combed the halls for people still inside.

Medics and negotiators looked after those who realised that they had no choice but to give themselves up.

Some of the injured were treated in the damaged compound.

Others, some suffering from hypothermia, were gathered together, their golden foil blankets in stark contrast to the broken campus around them.

They, like over a thousand before them, were led away through the broken barricades, handed over to the police and taken away.

The protest movement in Hong Kong goes on, of course – just not in the Polytechnic University any more.

Trump impeachment: Call with Ukrainian president was 'inappropriate'

Donald Trump was “inappropriate” and “improper” to ask his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden, a White House official has told the impeachment inquiry into the US president.

During the first televised hearing of the inquiry, army veteran Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman said he “couldn’t believe what I was hearing” when the call between Mr Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky took place on 25 July.

Mr Trump is accused of asking Mr Zelenskiy to carry out two investigations to help his re-election – one targeting his rival and former vice president Mr Biden, the other involving a debunked theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 presidential election rather than Russia.

Image: Donald Trump has been accused of abusing his position for personal gain

Lt Col Vindman, who wore his military uniform and medals as he gave evidence, said: “It was inappropriate, it was improper for the president to request – to demand – an investigation into a political opponent.

He added: “Frankly, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”

Lt Col Vindman was forced to fend off Republican efforts to cast doubt on his competence and loyalty to the US, answering questions regarding his background as an immigrant from the Soviet Union.

His family fled four decades ago when he was three, and he batted away suggestions he had an offer to become a minister of defence in Ukraine as “comical”.

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As well as having doubts cast over his evidence by Republicans in the room, Lt Col Vindman faced attacks from the president as he spoke to reporters at the White House.

Mr Trump said the inquiry was “a disgrace” and “an embarrassment to our nation”, adding: “I’m going to let people make their own determination. I never heard of any of these people.”

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Giving evidence alongside Lt Col Vindman was Jennifer Williams, an aide to vice president Mike Pence.

She had also raised concerns about the phone call between the US and Ukrainian presidents.

Ms Williams was asked when she first knew of the $400m in military assistance being withheld from Ukraine, a decision she said was made “at the direction of White House chief of staff”.

She said she first heard about the strategy on 3 July, several weeks before the phone call.

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Also giving evidence on Tuesday was Mr Trump’s former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker, who resigned after being named in the whistleblower complaint that sparked the inquiry.

He told the hearing he did not knowingly take part in an effort to press Ukraine to investigate Mr Biden.

But he admitted he should have realised that Mr Trump was holding up military aid to Ukraine as a way to pressure the country to investigate his political rivals.

And while he was called to testify by Republicans, he said that the criticism of Mr Biden was “not credible” and that he would not act in any way other than in the national interest.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Jennifer Williams (L), adviser to Vice President Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs, listens as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman (C), National Security Council Director for European Affairs, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the third day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, wh

Image: Jennifer Williams, adviser to vice president Mike Pence for European and Russian affairs, also gave evidence

Following the hearing, US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell provided a worthwhile reminder that, despite the drama of television coverage, the impeachment inquiry is likely to be a futile endeavour for the Democrats.

While the party should have the numbers to get impeachment through the House of Representatives, which they control, they will not have enough to deal the decisive blow in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Mr McConnell said it was “inconceivable” that the Senate will have the 67 votes required to remove the president, who has said he would be willing to testify to the inquiry.

Mr Trump has said he did nothing wrong during the call, during which he also asked Ukraine to investigate Mr Biden’s son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company called Burisma.

Lt Col Vindman and Ms Williams admitted his role there could represent a “conflict of interest”.

UK support of Egypt's president could lead to bloodshed, whistleblower warns

An Egyptian whistleblower who prompted mass protests against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has told Sky News that Britain must stop supporting him, warning it could lead to bloodshed and mass immigration to Europe.

Mohamed Ali’s videos exposing high-level corruption in the Egyptian government went viral and prompted huge protests in Egyptian cities.

Thousands demonstrated calling for the end of the Sisi regime. More than 4,000 have since disappeared into Egyptian jails.

Mr Ali is an unlikely revolutionary. He has no political expertise. He was an actor then worked in construction. But because he had been a contractor to the government he claimed to have evidence of its dark secrets.

Image: Self-exiled businessman Mohamed Ali has exposed high-level corruption in the Egyptian government

In passionate, handheld videos he mocked the Egyptian leader for lavish spending on palaces and hotels benefiting regime members.

“We will continue this mission until we remove Sisi,” he told Sky News.

“We must have hope that our country can become a respectable one, which holds a status in the region. All we want is to become like countries in Europe, therefore we must continue our mission and we will not stop”.

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The videos, which he made in exile in Spain, caused outrage back home and led to Egyptians pouring onto the streets in September to vent their anger.

Now he says it is time to form a more organised opposition and bring Mr Sisi down.

He is hoping to join up with other opposition figures and draw up plans for Egypt once the Sisi government has been brought down.

The British government says that Mr Sisi’s government has brought stability to his country and some economic improvement.

Mr Ali says that’s mistaken. He says Egypt is sliding into total economic collapse and chaos. He warns that could lead to a wave of mass migration out of Egypt and into Europe.

“The nation is extremely angry. The level of poverty is rising, murder and crime is on the rise, violence increasing, so which stability has he brought to the region? Can’t the British government see all that? On the contrary, it is supporting the wrong man.”

He has this message for Boris Johnson: “Your interests with Abdel Fattah el-Sisi inside Egypt will fail, the situation is going to cause bloodshed and you will witness an immigration flow towards Europe not like any other in the history of Europe.”

Boris Johnson shakes hands with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi during the G7 summit in August

Image: Boris Johnson shakes hands with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the G7 summit in August

Human Rights Watch says the Sisi regime have hounded relatives of people criticising it from abroad, with detentions, house raids and travel bans. Mr Ali says he fears for his life.

Mr Sisi was an army general when the Egyptian military seized power in a violent counterrevolution that was supported by some sectors of the Egyptian population.

 Pic: Mohamed Ali/Instagram

Image: Mohamed Ali says Britain must stop supporting President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Pic: Mohamed Ali/Instagram

To seize power it carried out a series of massacres, using military snipers to kill hundreds of protesters. The dead included Sky News cameraman Mick Deane who was killed by a marksman’s bullet.

It has maintained its grip on power through the detention and disappearance of tens of thousands of people arrested in protests, and a totalitarian control of the country’s media.

Despite all this it continues to enjoy the support of the British government, both diplomatically and financially.

'At least 106 dead' in Iran protests over gas prices

At least 106 people have been killed during protests in Iran over government-set gasoline prices, according to Amnesty International.

The human rights group made the allegation in a report released on Tuesday, citing “credible reports”.

Iranian officials have not made the death toll available since the unrest over a rise in prices began over the weekend.

Amnesty added that it believes “the real death toll may be much higher, with some reports suggesting as many as 200 have been killed”.

Image: Iranian protesters demonstrate in the capital Tehran

A scorched branch of Iranian Pasargad bank that was set on fire by protesters

Image: A scorched branch of Iranian Pasargad bank that was set on fire by protesters

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have warned of “decisive” action if protests in the country continue after a least 100 banks, buildings and cars were torched, according to state media.

Internet has since been shut down across the country in a bid to stop protesters from sharing information and videos online, while police and anti-riot forces were deployed to quell the unrest.

Meanwhile, hard-liners in Iran suggested that those who lead violent protests will be executed by hanging as the unrest continues.

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Without elaborating, Keyhan newspaper wrote: “Some reports say that judiciary considers execution by hanging for the riot leaders a definite punishment.”

The protests appeared to be ongoing in some areas of the country on Tuesday, though the streets of Tehran appeared mostly calm.

It remains unclear how many people have been arrested, injured or killed in the protests, which quickly spread across at least 100 cities and towns in Iran.

State media showed video footage of burned Kurans at one mosque in the suburbs of Tehran, as well as pro-government rallies.

An Iranian man checks a scorched gas station that was set ablaze by protesters during a demonstration against a rise in gasoline prices in Eslamshahr, near the Iranian capital of Tehran, on November 17, 2019

Image: An Iranian man checks a scorched gas station that was set ablaze by protesters

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement saying it was “deeply concerned” about reports of live ammunition being used against demonstrators and urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully.

The protests were prompted by a plunging economy and rising gasoline prices.

A man walks past a the entrance of a pedestrian overpass that was vandalised by protesters in Tehran

Image: A man walks past the entrance of a pedestrian overpass that was vandalised by protesters in Tehran

The issues represent yet another strain on the people of Iran – which has a population of around 80 million – who have endured a painful currency collapse following President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal of America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, as well as the re-imposition of US sanctions.

Now, the Iranian rial trades at over 123,000 to $1, compared with 32,000 to $1 at the time the deal took effect.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has promised that fuel prices will be used to fund subsidies for low-income families; however, the decision has sparked widespread anger among Iranians.

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